Caymus Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2008

Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California

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Item No. 105161
  • WE94
  • WS93
Style: Big & Bold

Wine Style Guide

Light & Fruity

Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.

Smooth & Supple

Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.

Earthy & Spicy

Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.

Big & Bold

Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.

Alcohol By Volume: 15.2%

Alcohol By Volume Guide

  • 10%
  • 16+%
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Ratings Pedigree:
  • 2000
  • WS92
  • WE91
  • 1998
  • WS91
  • 1997
  • WE91
  • 1990
  • WS90
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Winemaker's Notes

For both the Napa Valley and Special Selection bottlings, the goal is a balanced wine that tastes delicious when bottled but can improve with age. Chuck Wagner attributes the quality of the wines to farming and winemaking techniques developed over the decades.

Critical Acclaim

"This extraordinary wine possesses an enormous wealth of black cherry, blueberry, cassis and espresso flavors, wrapped in fine, well-toasted oak. Has that rare quality of elegance, in which all the parts work together in harmony. Thoroughly dry, it's marked by a firm, astringent tannic structure now, but is a certain cel lar candidate. "
94 Points

"Open fruit, rich, lush and layered, serving up a complex mix of plum, blackberry, black licorice and spices. Full-bodied and supple-textured, ending with a long, persistent finish that keeps repeating the core flavor themes. Drink now through 2018."
93 Points

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Rating:
(7/26/2011)
Style: Big & Bold
Beautiful ruby-red color; Great nose with red berries, lush fruit, toasty vanilla, some floral notes and spicy oak - subtle, not overpowering; Very smooth on the palate. . sweet tannins to match the fruit...structured & well balanced. The wine really opened up after about an hour of decanting; Long, lingering finish (I literally didn't want to swallow!!). Great to drink now - great alone - exceptional with food!! Will only get better with age! Caymus never disappoints..has always been, and will always be, one of my absolute favorite Cabs!
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gustavo - Reston, VA (read all my reviews)

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(4/20/2011)
best wine ever
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(1/4/2011)
Yum, Yum
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Rating:
(6/15/2011)
Big Napa cab with such a nice nose I just inhaled it. Bold flavors of fruit and still so smooth. Just wanted to hold it in my mouth to savor. One of my favorites at this price point.
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111ImNumber1 - Cambridge, MA (read all my reviews)

Rating:
(6/8/2011)
Style: Big & Bold
Pair with: Cheese > Semi-Firm
This is a very good bottle of wine. It is very fruit forward and classic california cab. On the nose, I am getting black fruits, plum, blackberry, black licorice. It has a ripe nose. Midpalate, there are many layers of ripe fruits going on. Finish, this wine has firm, silky, and sexy tannins. It lingers in your mouth. It is well made and balanced. Full bodied and lush indeed. Bottled at 15.2%! Even though this wine will clearly evolve in the next 10 to 12 years, it will surprise you with its youth. I would agree with WS on 93 pts. Happy drinking!
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Learn About Caymus Map ItMap It

As the Wagner family celebrated the 40th anniversary of Caymus Vineyards in 2012, they thought back to 1972 which Charlie Wagner, Lorna Belle Glos Wagner and their son, Chuck, built their winery among the vines planted on the family's ranch in Rutherford, California - the center of the Napa Valley. In 1975, the Wagners produced their first Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon, which remains the only wine to have twice been named Wine Spectator's "Wine of the Year" (1984 and 1990 vintage).

Learn About Napa Valley

It's hard not to think of Napa Valley when thinking of California wines. The region is, after all, the one that brought world recognition to California wine making. The area was settled by a few choice wine families in the 1960's who bet that the wines of the area would grow and flourish. They were right. The Napa wine industry really took off in the 1980's, when vineyard...

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Learn About Cabernet Sauvignon

(cab-uhr-NAY sow-veeh-yawn) King of Red Many refer to Cabernet Sauvignon as the king of red grapes. Perhaps that title is due to its ability to grow worldwide in a number of climates, or to the fact that it produces wine with such character yet such diversity. Either way, this grape is responsible, as a whole or a partner, for some of the greatest wines in the world. In Bordeaux,...

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